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I'd been telling neyronrose (at least I think I did) about a really drool-worthy InDesign conference I wanted to go to in Washington DC, but unfortunately the cost would probably be around $2k and I didn't think I could swing it. InDesign is part of the Adobe Creative Suite, like Photoshop, but it's not quite so glamorous. It's a page layout program where books and magazines are constructed, and I think their focus is shifting more and more toward ebook creation, so I was really eager to go.

And yet, Photoshop World ate a massive hunk of my life last fall, and was a bit overwhelming. I have no doubt any other mega-design-conference would be any different. So I was trolling through some online training today and discovered that not only does Indesign have a local user group near me, but it's free! And they're hoping to have a meeting in February!

This is so perfect for me. I don't have to deal with a flight or motel or an expensive conference fee. I can just show up, hang out for a few hours, and come home without sacrificing a week's worth of work to do it.

YAY! So happy!



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Dec. 22nd, 2010 10:38 pm (UTC)
Yes, you told me about that. It's cool that you can use your artistic and technical skills for your books. I know you're always trying to get even better with book creation. Free and local sounds good. You have to let me know if you come to the East Coast, the Mid-Atlantic states. I'd love to meet you in person someday. Washington, D.C. is about three hours from where I live.
Dec. 23rd, 2010 01:57 pm (UTC)
That would be fun! I'll definitely let you know if/when I head east!
Dec. 23rd, 2010 12:53 pm (UTC)
I've been using a lot of Adobe software, Indesign being one of the few I had no reason to try so far. I however dabbled in Aftereffects recently, and found the Linda.com tutorials very useful. There's nothing like a user group with real live people.
Dec. 23rd, 2010 01:56 pm (UTC)
I'm crazy for Lynda.com. It's like a college education for a couple hundred bucks a year. I think there are advantages and disadvantages to live vs. online/prerecorded. With a live group, you make more of a commitment to showing up and allocating the time, but the material may or may not be specifically what you need. With a prerecorded tutorial, you can zero in on your specific needs more easily, but it seems to take more self-motivation and discipline to train regularly.

As far as I can tell, many Lynda.com instructors would probably follow up via twitter or email if you had questions. My faves also have podcasts, I've discovered! I watched Anne Marie Concepcion's course on Adobe Bridge (probably most boring program in the whole Creative Suite) before I needed to reorganize a bunch of files and that course made it so slick and easy! I feel like a Bridge ninja now.
Dec. 23rd, 2010 02:59 pm (UTC)
I love Bridge! I deal with large amounts of photographs on a regular base, and I have no idea how I managed before Bridge.

The video tutorials make me sleepy though. I have to stop after three or so. The usefulness of a live group largely depends on who shows up, but you have a chance to share and pick up little tips and tricks that usually don't make it into tutorials.

Do you design all your book covers? I'm sure you do Petit Morts. They stand out. It so nice to see something other than the usual naked men floating in clouds. They're starting to put me off naked men. That's not good. :P
Dec. 23rd, 2010 07:43 pm (UTC)
I think you, me and Dave Cross (of the Photoshop Guys from Photoshop User TV) are the only Bridge-lovers I've ever heard of.

Thank you for the kind words on the Petit Morts covers. I do all the book covers from JCP Books, yes--not necessarily my books that are through other publishers. I find the thought of being put off naked men alarming indeed! That needs to stop!
Dec. 23rd, 2010 06:17 pm (UTC)
Dec. 23rd, 2010 07:43 pm (UTC)
Yay! I hope they do that meeting. It looks like they meet very infrequently.
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